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Gitane Jaguar. Is it worth restoring?(3 posts)

Gitane Jaguar. Is it worth restoring?74
Nov 19, 2002 12:08 PM
My Dad owns an early 1980s Gitane Jaguar, downtube friction shifters, 6 speed cassette. It seams like a very nice ride but most of the components are trashed, but from what I can see without pulling it apart the frame seams Ok. Was this a high end bike in its day (It was bought second hand for $1000Australian in 1987/8)? Is it worth restoring to ridable condition?
re: Gitane Jaguar. Is it worth restoring?eddie m
Nov 19, 2002 4:19 PM
If by restoring you mean putting it back to original condition, very few Gitanes are worth doing that. Look for a Columbus or Reynolds 531 label on the frame, which would make it a nice bike, and a Campagnolo or Stronglight alloy crankset. French bikes have obsolete size bottom brackets, pedal threads, upper headsets and handlebars and stems and replacement parts can be a problem. The best thing to do with bikes like that is to convert them to fixed gear and ride them.
re: Gitane Jaguar. Is it worth restoring?74
Nov 21, 2002 11:28 AM
Thanks for the reply. No Reynolds/Columbus stickers here and the componentry is all Suntour somethingOrOther. Oh well, it'll make a good winter bike.